Mr. Biden formally launched his re-election campaign with a video announcement Tuesday, a long-awaited declaration that puts him on the path to a potential rematch with the man he beat in 2020 and whom he accuses of endangering U.S. democracy—former President Donald Trump. The 2024 campaign will play out in an era of political polarization, with both parties fighting over a small number of battleground states and the narrow slice of the electorate that isn’t firmly in one camp or the other.
In the video, Mr. Biden frames the election as a question of “whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom, more rights or fewer. I know what I want the answer to be and I think you do too. This is not a time to be complacent. That’s why I’m running for re-election.”
The three-minute video opens with images of the January 6, 2021 attack on the. U.S. Capital and then references the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade before Mr. Biden says the word: “Freedom,” pointing to the American value as the key to his first term. Vice President Kamala Harris features prominently in the video, which warns against “MAGA extremists.”
Already the oldest president in American history at 80 years old, Mr. Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term. A majority of Americans don’t approve of his performance as president and polls show ample public concern, even among many Democrats, about his age and fitness for office. Mr. Biden has answered questions about his age by saying that people should watch him do the job, and aides argue that his legislative record—including securing funding for the Covid-19 pandemic, and passing broad infrastructure and climate measures—will resonate with voters.
“Every generation of Americans has faced a moment when they’ve had to defend democracy, stand up for our personal freedoms, stand up for our right to vote and our civil rights. And this is our moment,” Mr. Biden said in the video, urging supporters to visit his campaign website. “Let’s finish this job, I know we can.”